Thursday, July 25, 2013

Paradise Halong Luxury Cruise - Price from $217 USD

Hanoi  Halong  Hanoi

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Price in USD per person (Valid to 30th Oct 14)
(3 & 4 stars)

Pax
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
6 pax
USD
273
245
231
223
217
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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Cruise (L/D) (G)
08.00: Halong Cruise must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any visitors to Vietnam. This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours12.00: Arrive at Tuan Chau Island.12.15 – 12.30: Transfer to cruise ship.12.30: Welcome Cocktail, cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins.12.45: Depart to Halong Bay, cruise and program commence.13.00 - 14.30: Fusion Asian/International Lunch Buffet.15.00: Drive at Cua Van floating fishing Village. One of the largest floating villages in the bay – rowing around the village by local rowing boats – captures the daily life of the local fisherman.16.00: Back to cruise ship, continue cruise through Halong Bay.16.30: Enjoy the cooking demonstration and discover the Vietnamese cuisine.17.00 - 18.00: Arrive at Tung Sau (Pearl Farm) area – relax at leisure, enjoying our beauty and massage service or swimming, kayaking.19.00 - 20.30: Elegant five courses set menu.21.00 - 23.00: Evening activities: relax at leisure, enjoy movie night, board games, or beauty spa services.
Day 2: Halong Cruise – Hanoi (B) (G)
06.30: Tai Chi session on sundeck.06.00 - 08.00: Morning activities – swimming or kayaking, beauty spa services.07.00 - 09.00: International breakfast buffet.08.00: Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) – explore most famous grotto in the entire Halong bay.09.30: Check-out and settle bills.10.45: Arrive at Tuan Chau Island. Pick up and drive back to Hanoi.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Halong Tour with Emeraude Cruise - Price from $287 USD

Hanoi  Halong  Hanoi
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Price in USD per person (Valid to 30th Oct 14)
(3 & 4 stars)
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2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
6 pax
USD
387
349
318
299
287
ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (G)On arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, our tour guide greets you at the airport with welcome sign and transfer to hotel in the center of Hanoi. Hotel checks in upon arrival, the rest of the day is yours to relax, or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own.
Overnight in Hanoi
Accommodation: Elegance Ruby Hotel / Superior
http://www.hanoielegancehotel.com/he4/
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L) (G)Hanoi city tour is the best way to learn about Vietnam. This morning, after breakfast, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. We then begin our visit to Uncle Ho mausoleum (Closed on Monday and Friday, October and November), get to know about his great life, throughout the complex such as Presidential Palace, and his residential place on stilts. Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam's first University, built in twelfth century, to teach Confucius’s theory to royals. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance. Lunch will be served at a nice local restaurant for a taste of authentic Vietnam and Hanoi specialty.
In the late afternoon, options to visit the Museum of Ethnology which has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples (or Hanoi Hilton prison, Amy Museum, History Museum, Fine Art Museum).
Later this afternoon, taking a cyclo (pedicab) trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi's fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, see streets' side traditional food, coffee, shops... Try one “hanoi bia – draught beer" This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culture. Last but not least our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam and spotlight of any Vietnam tour. Back to your hotel, free at leisure and overnight in a hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
Accommodation: Elegance Ruby Hotel / Superior Room_3 star or similar on IOT arrangement
http://www.hanoielegancehotel.com/he4/
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha long Bay Cruise (B/L/D) (G)
Breakfast at hotel;
8:30am: taking a 3 hour scenic drive from Hanoi east to the World Heritage sight of Ha long Bay.
11:30 - 12:00 Registration at Emeraude Cafe
12:00 - 12:15 Embarkation
12:15 - 12:30 Check-in
12:30 - 12:45 Captain raises anchor
12:45 - 14:30 Cruising Halong Bay
12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & International buffet lunch served
14:00 - 14:30 Free & easy
14:30 - 15:30 Shore excursion to Song Sot Grotto
15:30 - 16:30 Cruising Halong Bay
15:30 - 16:00 Crepe Station on Sundeck
16:00 - 17:00 Visit Pearl Farm, swims or kayaks*
17:00 - 17:45 Cruising Halong Bay
18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class
18:30 - 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
19:00 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served
21:00-22:00 Bills settlement (Optional)
20:30-23:00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)
20:30 - 23:00 Screening of highly acclaimed classic "Indochine"
Overnight in junk in Ha long bay
Cruise: Emeraude junk / Standard cabin
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Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi & Departure (B) (G)06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the Sundeck
06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on Sundeck
07:00 - 08:00 Leave luggage/bags outside cabins
07:00 - 09:30 Cruising Halong Bay
07:00 - 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
08:30 - 09:00 Check-out
09:30 - 10:00 Disembarkation
10:00 - 10:15 Drop off point: Emeraude Café
10:30: Our guide and driver will wait you at the pier. Then drive to Hanoi (for around 3.5 hours driver) airport for your departure flight.

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Bai Tho Cruise 2 Days 1 Night on Deluxe Junk - Price from $151 USD

Hanoi  Halong  Hanoi

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Price in USD per person (Valid to 30th Oct 14)
(3 & 4 stars)

Pax
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
6 pax
USD
208
179
165
158
151
ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Cruise (L/D)
08h00: Halong Cruise must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any visitors to Vietnam. This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of anyVietnam Tours
11.30 – 12.15: Arriving at Hon Gai  harbor12.15 - 12.30: Transfer to tender. Welcome drink - Cruise briefing, safety instructions, check-in cabins - Depart for Halong Bay
13.00 – 14.30: Enjoy local sea food lunch while the junk sails to Ha Long Bay passing by Dau Go grotto, Fighting cock islet...
15.00 – 16.00: Visit Sung Sot cave - Explore the most famous grotto in entire Halong Bay
16.30 – 17.30: Visit Titop beach – It’s time for relaxing, swimming or kayaking…
18.00: Overnight anchorage near Titop  and enjoy the sunset
19.30 – 21.00: Savor our Set-dinner in dinning room
21.00 - 23.00: Activities: Relax on deck, drink service, singing karaoke or fishing.
Overnight on your junk
Day 2: Halong Cruise – Hanoi (Brunch)
06:30: Enjoy sunrise over the Bay07:30: Have breakfast
08:00 - 08:30: Cruise through Ha long Bay and contemplate Man’s head islet, Tortoise islet
08:30 - 09:30: Arrive at Luon Cave (Hang Luồn) – explore most famous grottoes in the entire Halong bay by local rowing boat – Enjoy kayaking activities (weather permitted)
09:30: Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection
10:00: Having international buffet lunch served while cruising through Bai Tu Long bay, Bai Tho mountain and Ha Long market.
11:00: Arriving at pier. Time to say goodbye to Halong. Pick up and transfer back to Hanoi.
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Indochina Junk 2 Days 1 Night - Price from $160 USD

Vietnam Travel | Vietnam Tour Packages

Hanoi  Halong  Hanoi

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Price in USD per person (Valid to 30th Oct 14)
(3 & 4 stars)

Pax
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
6 pax
USD
216
188
175
166
160
ITINERARY
Day 1: Hon Gai Harbour – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave (L/D) (G)

Halong Cruise must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any visitors to Vietnam. This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours.
12.00   Embark at Hon Gai International harbour. 13.00   Check-in, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing.13.30   Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.
15.00  Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water.
15.40   Explore the secluded Thien Canh Son Cave.
16.45   Short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swim or kayak.
18.00   Back to the junk for relaxation.
19.00   Have dinner and stay overnight on board.

Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai Harbour (B/L) (G)

07.30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the open air.08.30 Visit Vung Vieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
09.30 More leisure time for swimming in the middle of the bay.
10.00 Cruise back to the harbour while an a la carte lunch is served.
11.45 Disembark. Farewell. Transfer back to Hanoi.
15.45 Arrive in Hanoi. End of trip.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

6 places to visit during North Vietnam tour

Vietnam is a beautiful quaint country with charming little villages and beaches, which reflect the old world beauty of the place mixed with fun and energy. While planning for Vietnam travel, there are several Vietnam tour packages and Vietnam travel deals offered by any Vietnam travel guide or Vietnam travel agency.

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However, before charting out the Vietnam travel plan, it must be considered that Vietnam is now quite a popular tourist destination and most of the time, majority of the tourist spots remain crowded. Those who are keen to travel to Vietnam but want to avoid the crowd and enjoy the full beauty of the country can visit the northern part of Vietnam. There are some spots which can be toured without the fear of facing a massive crowd.
Those who want to travel to North Vietnam can opt for a luxurious and interesting cruise on Red River. Tourists can start from the port of Pha Chuong Duong Do and travel along the river for visiting places like Chu Dong Tu, Bat Trang and others. They have 6 options in this case to make their choice from:
  1. From Hanoi to Dam Temple to Dai Lo Temple to Chu Dong Tu Temple to Bat Trang
  2. From Hanoi to Giong Temple to Kien So Temple to Do Temple to Hanoi
  3. From Hanoi to Chem Temple to Bo De Pagoda to Do Temple to Hanoi
  4. From Hanoi to Chu Dong Tu Temple to Lanh Giang Temple to Hanoi
  5. From Hanoi to historic relics of Hung Yen town like Van Mieu, Mother Temple, Bell Temple, Thien Hau Temple to Hanoi
  6. From Hanoi to But Thapa Pagoda to Dau Pagoda to Bo De Pagoda
Visiting Son Tay province’s Dam Long is another good option. Dam Long is the perfect place to watch animals and birds in their natural habitat, without being shackled up. The island has many storks living atop bamboo trees. The resort offers features like high speed trains, playing folk, bathing pool, swan yachts in lake, singing karaoke or dance, camp fire etc.

The nine waterfalls in Tu Son commune of Hoa Binh province’s Kim Boi district represent a beautiful sight for people in their Vietnam travel. The clear fresh air and romantic nature create a paradise-like effect. There are amusement parks, pools, sunbathing, mud bath area, spa, massages etc.
An ideal northern destination is Tam Dao resort, 80 km away from Hanoi. The height of the location is 1000 m and the average temperature is a pleasant 18-25 degree C. Places to visit are Thuong Ngan Temple, TV tower, Heaven Gate, Silver Falls, old churches of Tam Dao and Rung Minh peak.
Vinh Hung ecotourism resort is just 10 minutes away from Hoan Kiem Lake and the clean, pretty and green environment, along with the play area with high quality entertainment and games, is perfect for families and children.


While planning for Vietnam vacation, Sapa should be in the list of your Vietnam travel itinerary. The beautiful place remains pretty all through the year. In September, terraced paddy fields can be seen. Speciality foods like spring fish and salmon are available in Sapa. Barbeque is quite popular too.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Natural Heritage Sites of Vietnam

The name Vietnam is linked with the Vietnam War for many people. But those who can get rid of that notion and witness Vietnam in its most natural state would be able to realise that the country is a captivatingly natural and beautiful one with a tranquil village life, making it the perfect country for getting away from the crowd. The rainforest and highland regions have long recovered from the ravages of the war; it now has an exotic wildlife, Southeast Asia’s finest beaches, beautiful islands and most delicious cuisine which make many people indulge in tours of Vietnam.

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A tour in Vietnam, the graceful and gracious country, has become a staple for many tourists worldwide. Easy Vietnam visa and frequent Vietnam flights have made the country travel-friendly and a popular tourist spot.

This elongated S shaped country offers a unique mix of natural and cultural heritage sites for people who travel to Vietnam. Many of the sites have been declared world heritage sites by UNESCO. The most remarkable natural heritage sites to watch out for in a visitor’s Vietnam travel itinerary are Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Part of Bac Bo Gulf, Halong Bay is located in Vietnam’s north-east side. Halong Bay consists of 1,969 islands in various shapes and sizes. 989 islands out of the total list have been named. Exploration of the bay will lead tourists to get lost and enthralled in the sheer magnificence and beauty of the place. The stone islands form a legendary world where the angle and light change the shapes of the islands viewed. Generally speaking, the islands have been named according to the various forms and shapes.

Scientists have proved the bay to be one of the very first human settlement places of the region. Halong Bay got the recognition of a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. The places to visit at Halong Bay for your Vietnam vacation are Cong Tay Island, Tuan Chau Island and Beach, Quan Lan Beach, Sung Sot Grotto, Ngoc Vung Island and Beach, Me Cung Grotto, Thien Cung Grotto and Ti Top Island and Beach. Indulge in Ha Long Bay Cruise to enjoy its full beauty.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located in central Vietnam in Quang Binh Province. The park is often compared to a big geological museum for its complicated geological structure. The park is the largest as well as the oldest tropical karst which was formed 400 million years ago. Nature has blessed this wonder of Vietnam with majestic landscapes and spectacular caves which have added to the mystic beauty of the place.
The flora of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is quite rich, unique and diversified. There are some very rare species of reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, fish and birds. The most noteworthy names of rare birds found in this huge Vietnamese biological museum are white-tail blue pheasants, black-comb blue pheasants and peacocks. Some of the attractions in the park that must be explored when you travel in Vietnam are Tien Son Grotto, Phong Nha Grotto, Thien Duong Grotto, Son Doong Cave, En Cave and Toi Cave.


While arranging a Vietnam holiday, make sure to contact a professional Vietnam travel agent or Vietnam travel agency. They have excellent Vietnam travel packages and Vietnam travel deals as well as Vietnam customized tours.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Vietnam Customized Tour: Annam Highlands

Vietnam customized tour of Annam Highlands is a great opportunity of exploring Hoi An, Hue and Danang. All these three cities form Annam Highland’s border with South China Sea. Both Hoi An and Hue represent traditional Vietnam through their spectacular buildings, vibrant culture and delectable cuisine. A Vietnam tour to these two places coupled with a visit to Danang completes an exhilarating tour of this beautiful country.

Hoi An tours – Hoi An is an exceptionally maintained port town dating back to the 15th century. This town with well planned roads and glorious buildings with combination architecture is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Architecture of these buildings is distinctive with a combination of both local and alien influences. This Vietnamese town is an outstanding example of cultural fusion over centuries and served as a perfect port of Indochina.

The buildings of this town are the best illustrations of fusion architecture which are still existent. Even the Vietnam War has not spoilt the streets and edifices of Hoi An. In your customized Vietnam tour to this coastal town, you could explore temples, pagodas, residential and meeting houses. Many of these buildings, especially shop houses, were constructed in Chinese architecture. This Old Town was renovated keeping the original structures intact and unspoilt. New constructions were not allowed including hotels and parlours. Lately, commercialization has gradually crept in with restaurants, shop rooms and galleries being developed at a steady rate.

The best way to explore this town is on foot. 14th and 15th days of each lunar month is celebrated with traditional games of ‘dap nieu’, ‘trong quan’, and ‘bai choi’. On these days, inhabitants from nearby places and tourists gather in Hoi An for merrymaking. The narrow streets become so crowded that no vehicles are allowed. A swan boat ride in the adjoining river is great fun on your Hoi An tour. A trip to Tra Que, a small village near this historic town, would allow you to discover ethnic Vietnam. Preparing soil for farming, planting seeds and cooking local dishes are part of your Vietnam activities.


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Hue toursHue located north of Hoi An, is also situated on South China Sea coast. Hue is renowned as the capital of Nguyen Dynasty that reigned here from the beginning of the 19th century till the middle of 20th century. Remains of this dynasty in forms of pagodas, temples and tombs are still maintained with great care. The indisputable charm of this imperial Vietnamese town contributed to it being branded a UNESCO World Heritage destination.


The charm of this city originates from Perfume River which is a picturesque sight on a clear morning. Promenades along the embankments make this river an even more attractive Vietnam tourist destination. This ethnic Vietnamese town possesses a conservative culture. This is the perfect place for a tranquil Vietnam holiday. A cruise in Perfume River or a boat ride to Thien Mu pagoda is a specialty of Hue tour. Getting a massage done by blind masseurs is a rejuvenating experience and must never be missed.

Vietnam Day Tours

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Vietnam Excursions

Vietnam with its forests, hills, river deltas and coast line is a fabulous destination for same day excursions. These Vietnam excursions are usually conducted from Hanoi in north, Ho Chi Minh City in south and Danang in central Vietnam. These Vietnam tours vary from a single day to about ten days depending on the destinations visited.

Hanoi Excursions

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, offers several tours among which Halong Bay, Sapa, Red River Delta and Viet Bac are outstanding. Halong Bay, a part of Gulf of Tonkin, is a mesmerising seascape of nearly 3000 limestone islands jutting out of emerald waters. You could either opt for a Vietnam luxury cruise for a couple of nights or a day long junk boat trip. Weather permitting, you could even spend some time swimming in the tranquil waters of Halong Bay close to the shore. A sumptuous lunch of board during your Vietnam day trip is a delightful experience.

From Hanoi, it is also possible to explore the mountains in the northeast and northwest. Sapa in the mountains of northwest bordering China is a fascinating hill station with terraced rice fields, luxuriant vegetation and Vietnam’s highest peak Mt. Fansipan. Sapa tour also allows you to discover and interact with several tribes who still maintain Vietnam traditions. Sapa is an exciting destination for Vietnam adventure tours as it allows trekking through hilly hamlets and exploration of tribes such as Dzay and H’mong. Authentic Vietnamese cuisines prepared by these tribesmen are delicacies that must never be missed.
A visit to Mai Chau Valley nestled amongst these hills makes up a customized Vietnam tour for you and your family. This is the perfect place for an idyllic Vietnam travel package spent in a home stay.

Ho Chi Minh City Excursions

If Hanoi offers you an opportunity of exploring Northern mountains and Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh enables you to discover Mekong Delta, Dalat mountains and Nam Cat Tien national park. Mekong cruise is one of the most fulfilling experiences of a Vietnam holiday. This Vietnam river cruise along Mekong allows you to discover tranquil countryside, calm fishing villages and broadly a lush green landscape. You could rent a barge exclusively for yourself or travel by regular cruise boats. Fruit orchards, vegetable gardens in abundance and a matching rustic lifestyle of local inhabitants make Mekong Delta an invigorating region to travel.

From a peaceful deltaic region to a vibrant national park, South Vietnam is literally a tropical paradise. Nam Cat Tien national park near Ho Chi Minh City is home to 50 mammal species, 240 bird species and flora comprising more than 60 plant types. Here you get to see one-horned Java rhinoceros.

Da Nang Excursions


Da Nang is exceptional as it offers you a splendid mix of cultural richness and natural exuberance. Vietnam honeymoon vacations are ideally spent in this region. With highlands on one side and waters of East China Sea on the other, this place is exceptionally beautiful. You could spend a holiday filled with marine activities such as surfing, snorkelling, swimming or sailing. It is also possible to opt for an undisturbed getaway among white sands and swaying palms.

Vietnam Family Holiday in Ha Long

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Ha Long Bay, a part of Gulf of Tonkin, is a perfect Vietnam family holiday destination offering a combination of mystifying sights and enthralling cruises. This Vietnam destination with nearly two thousand islands protruding out of emerald waters creates an astounding sight of water, stone and sky. Thickly foliaged limestone mountains arising from aquamarine waters against a backdrop of cloud laden blue sky is a natural wonder. The sight is nothing short of a masterpiece created by the forces of nature
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Geological Wonder

The best way to explore Ha Long Bay is by way of a luxury Vietnam cruise. The unparalleled beauty of this area has earned itself recognition from UNESCO as a ‘world heritage site’ for it geo-diversity and geomorphology. This natural wonder of the world has contributed to the large inflow of overseas travellers to Vietnam. As your luxury boat cruises through this archipelago of islands, you get to see limestone formations of varying shapes, and well preserved fossil relics. Karst caves with formations of stalactites and stalagmites are other intriguing formations you discover in your Ha Long cruises.

Unmatched Fauna and Flora

If geological formations of this bay are the principal attraction of this Vietnam destination, its flora and fauna are equally captivating. Of about three thousand varieties of plant and animal species found here, about one hundred are rare at a global level. This region has seventeen species of endemic plants. Water body abounds in over 450 varieties of molluscs and nearly 320 species of fishes. Rare species such as threadfin, mackerel, garrupa, abalone, shrimp, cuttle-fish and crab could be discovered in your Ha Long family holidays.

Ha Long Cruise

This extensive area of bio-diversity is best enjoyed on a Vietnam luxury cruise. Thee luxury cruises are usually of two days and one night. However, customized Vietnam tours could also be arranged depending on your preference. You could have a luxury boat all for yourself if you prefer to spend your Vietnam holiday with your family in exclusivity. Or else, you could book a luxury cabin for your family in a cruise boat.
Vietnam luxury cruise is another way of spending a memorable vacation in Ha Long. After spending an entire day exploring limestone islands and karst caves, the evening could be spent enjoying film shows, dance performances and magic shows on board. Evenings in these cruise boats are filled with music, entertainment and dance, keeping you totally engrossed. Even the food and drinks served on board are in keeping with the exuberance of the entire environment. Every member of your family could participate in this gathering of fun and frolic.

Discover Local Culture and Traditions


Another notable aspect of your Vietnam travel package in Ha Long is the prospect of discovering local traditions and culture. Three distinctive ethnic cultures: Ha Long, Cai Beo, and Soi Nhu cultures dating back to more than 3,500 years are seen here. A visit to villages in Ha Long region brings you closer to local inhabitants. In your Ha Long trip, you could try your hand in cooking local delicacies. There are several villagers who are keen to teach preparation of local cuisine to tourists.